Monday, January 20, 2014

DIY watercolor bookmarks

Today I'm going to go over what I did to make these water color bookmarks! Here's what they look like:
They are super easy, and would make a perfect little treat for anyone who loves to read! It would also be a good idea if you need to get treats for a large group of people and don't want to spend a lot of money. 
Here's what you'll need:
• paint chips (your choice of color)
•paint (I used craft paint)
• a paint brush
• some foil of a paper plate to put squirt your paint onto
•something to go under everything so you don't get paint on anything! (I used this vinyl Texas tablecloth!)
Oh and don't forget your root beer! 

After gathering up my supplies, I squirted just a little bit of each color I was using (red, green, blue, and white) I decided to paint the stem first. 
Pretty simple. I just drew a line and a few leaves. The less perfect, the neater it looks, in my opinion. Since the store I got the paint from didn't carry a lot of color choices for paint, I mixed the red and white for my pink flowers.
Next I just painted on the flowers. 
You could leave it like that, but I decided to add another stem and flower.
And that's it! Just let it dry. Super fast and easy, and I think they're so cute! Here's after they all dried.
Hope you enjoyed and happy crafting!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

My scrapbook beginnings!

So I have been wanting to get into Scrapbooking for a while now, 1 because it's crafty and super cute and, 2 because it gives me a reason to buy those cute Scrapbooking pages from hobby lobby (yes, I'm a compulsive hoarder, but that is a topic for another day and another type of blog) Today, I finally pulled the trigger! I ran up to the Walmart and bought the cheapest album they had (because of my tendency to quit things. I know- bad bad bad) and got a bunch of those cute papers from Hobby Lobby, and I started scrapbooking! I wanted to post my first page here to show everyone. This is by no means a tutorial on how to scrapbook, in fact, I'd love any tips you could give me! I'd like to post more about my scrapbooking journey on later dates, so let me know if you'd like it.
I decided to use a picture of my dog and I, because I love her and also because that was the best picture I could find at the moment. Next time, I'll hopefully be able to print out more photos to use! So there it is. Happy crafting! 


DIY Valentines

 So I've been seeing these super cute Valentine cards all over Pinterest the past few days, and I knew I had to give some to my 3 year old class! Here's what they look like:
I believe someone is selling them on Etsy, but I decided I could do it myself and save a few bucks. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Supplies you'll need:
• Kraft colored notecards
• Googly eyes 
• A heart punch (or awesome heart-cutting skills)
• Paint chips (you could use any type of paper, but hey! Paint chips are free, right?)
• Scissors
• Glue

So to start off, I took one of these plain, kraft cards.

And I cut it on the fold so that I had two papers.
If you want, you can leave it like this. I, however, wanted them smaller, so I cut them in half again.
Now you're ready to start punching! I used two hearts and stacked them on top of each other and then glued them.
I glued the hearts in the center of the paper, then one googly eye above the heart. I chose to free hand the word "you" at the bottom, but I think stencils or letter stickers would look great! Again, here's the finished product!
Hope you enjoyed, and happy crafting!